Alder Creek wrestlers win another tourney
The Alder Creek Middle School wrestling team, which is in its second year of existence, won another tournament Saturday in Tule Lake, Calif., where the Cougars took on decades-old programs such as Modoc and Lake View.
The Cougars also won the Dayton Tournament on March 10.
“Most of the wrestlers in this tournament have been wrestling for five years or more,” said Alder Creek Head Coach Danny Curtis.
Said Alder Creek’s Griffin Brown: “I was talking to a wrestler who wrestled for nine years who told me that he was going to beat me. I was intimidated by him, but Coach told me to work on takedowns and beat him that way. I ended up beating him!”
Brown was beating his opponent by one point before he turned him and pinned him for the win.
Alder Creek had 14 finalist in Tule Lake, which is up from the 12 they had during the previous week’s tournament. The Cougars are building momentum for this weekend when they will face some of the toughest teams in the state in the State Qualifier, where each wrestler will have to place top four to move on to the State Championships next week.
“I am very excited for this weekend,” said Alder Creek’s Stein Retzlaff, who took first place in Tule Lake and is leading his team in pins.-
Curtis said the team has really come together in the past couple weeks, which has helped contribute to its success.
“We are a family, and we talk about our problems together,” said Alder Creek team captain Brooks Hudson.
Teammate Joseph Salmela agreed, adding that “We sweat together and bleed together.”
“Of course we do pushups every day,” Cory Ackerman said. “Our coach has us doing pushups to his count; it makes us stronger.”
Curtis said that while the team members are proud of their accomplishments this season, they are not satisfied, as their goal is to win State and then continue on to Nationals next month.
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